It’s time to announce our first book discussion of 2019, and since next month is Women’s History Month, we thought it would be wonderful to talk all about the feminist novel Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan. I received an ARC of the novel at the NCTE conference and I inhaled it in about a day – it is just that good. Our contributor Crystal saw Renee and Ellen speak last week and had a great time listening to these two amazing authors talk and share poetry. To further hear their own words, click on the links to hear them in conversation talking about the novel, writing, and other things.
We’ll be posting our group discussion on March 20th! Be sure to grab a copy so you can jump into our discussion. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think of the book!
Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan
Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.